Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.: District 27

Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.

Occupation: Advertising Executive
Education: Pan American University, B.S. Education
Legislative Experience: House Member, 1986 - 1990; Senate Member, 1991 - present
Hometown: Brownsville
Party: Democrat

Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., a native of Brownsville, began his public service in 1971, becoming Cameron County Treasurer and later Cameron County Commissioner.

In addition to his Senate Committee assignments, Senator Lucio serves on the Texas Legislative Council, he created and sits on the Interagency Task Force on Children with Special Needs and serves as chair of the Texas Tourism Caucus. He also represents Texas on a number of national committees. In 2003, Senator Lucio was honored by his colleagues when they elected him President Pro Tempore of the Senate for 78th Legislature.

During his career, Senator Lucio's priorities have focused on public and higher education; economic development; access to quality health care; and the needs of children, the elderly, and those with special needs.

Senator Lucio has passed hundreds of bills, including those creating the University of Texas Health Science Center-South Texas, a life without parole option in capital murder cases, water and waste-water funding for colonias, and self-help programs enabling aspiring home owners to invest sweat equity in the construction of their own homes. His commitment to families and children has resulted in expanded health coverage for children with autism, installing three-point seat belts on new school buses, improving nutrition in schools, and protecting and enhancing health care benefits for families of peace officers killed in the line of duty.


Watch the inaugural ceremonies that took place in the Senate Chamber on April 26, 2003.

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Senator Lucio at the first hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Redistricting.

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Senator Lucio with some of the members of the Texas House of Representatives with whom he partnered to pass legislation this Session, Reps. Alma Allen, Marsha Farney, Mary Gonzßlez, Tracy King, Mike Villarreal, and Richard Peña Raymond.

Celebrating final passage of House Bill 5 with Senators Dan Patrick, Leticia Van de Putte, Kel Seliger, Robert Duncan, and Wendy Davis, Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, and members of Texans Advocating for Meaningful Student Assessment (TAMSA).

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Celebrating Leticia Van de Putte, Governor for a Day.

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The Senator congratulating the Hanna High School State finalist soccer team.

The Senator with visitors from Harmony School of Brownsville.

The Senator with members of the Raymondville Chamber of Commerce.

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Celebrating Texas Bowtie Day, benefitting benefiting children with Autism.

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Senator Lucio and Senators Judith Zaffirini and Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa celebrate passage of SB 24, the legislation to create a new Rio Grande Valley-spanning university.

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Senator Lucio with his wife, Herminia "Minnie;" his son, Rep. Eddie Lucio III; his daughter Lynda Cisneros; and his grandchildren Carlos "Carlitos," Alejandro, and Anna Lynda Cisneros, and Olivia Rose Lucio.

Senator Lucio and his family with Washington Redskins player Robert Lee Griffin III.

Senator Lucio and his family with Senator Leticia Van de Putte, this Session's President Pro Tempore.

Senator Lucio meeting with McAllen educators and their families during Texas AFT's legislative day.

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Welcoming Senator Sylvia Garcia to the Texas Legislature.

Senator Lucio with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who testified before the Senate Committee on Education.

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Senator Lucio meeting with Japanese policy experts to discuss the life without parole legislation he passed.

Senator Lucio speaking during the Hunger Roundtable Summit in the Capitol. At the Summit, hunger experts endorsed Sen. Lucio's bill to expand school breakfast programs.

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Senator Lucio, along with Representatives Terry Canales, Oscar Longoria, and Rene Oliveira, testifying in favor of legislation to create a new Rio Grande Valley-spanning university, HB 1000.

Senator Lucio and Representative Eddie Lucio, III with Johnny "Football" Manziel on the floor of the Senate.

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A press conference announcing the filing of SB 24 and HB 1000, bills to create a new university in the Rio Grande Valley with a four-year medical school. Watch the press conference here in RealMedia format (via

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Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. signs on as a co-sponsor to S.B. 24, the bill to create a new South Texas University with a four-year medical school.

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Senator Lucio welcoming visitors from Cameron County to Brownsville Day in the Capitol.

Senator Lucio welcoming (left to right) the Honorable David Betancourt, Treasurer, Cameron County; Dr. Juliet V. Garcia, President, University of Texas at Brownsville; Eduardo Campirano, Port Director & CEO, Port of Brownsville; Fred W. Rusteberg, President & CEO, International Bank of Commerce – Brownsville, Texas; and Blanca Perez Moreno, Board Member, Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation during Brownsville Day in the Capitol.

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Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. hosted Hidalgo County Day (left), Edinburg Day (center) and McAllen Day (right) at the Capitol on Feb. 10, 2009. The groups each presented legislative agendas for the 81st Legislature. Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa also met with the visitors, who were also greeted by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Senator Mario Gallegos from Houston.

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Icon: PDFFebruary 28, 2014
Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. and Rep. Eddie Lucio III to host ethics symposium for candidates and elected officials Sunday
            (Attachments: Symposium Agenda, Flyer, PDF format)

VideoFebruary 19, 2014
Press conference regarding a partnership between the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Energy Regulatory Commission of Mexico. [NOTE: Due to technical difficulties, the recording begins with the press conference already in progress.]

Icon: HTMJanuary 16, 2014
Senator Lucio appointed to committee to study water desalination

Icon: PDFJanuary 9, 2014
Implementation of Lucio school breakfast bill to be studied by Senate committee

Icon: HTMDecember 20, 2013
South Texas Legislators call on Texas Education Agency to review grant procedures
            (Attachment: Letter to Commissioner Williams, PDF format)

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Office Information

Capitol Address District Address
The Honorable Eddie Lucio, Jr.
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0127
(512) 463-0061 Fax
7 North Park Plaza
Brownsville, Texas 78521
(956) 548-0227
(956) 548-0440 Fax
District Address  
1210 W. Expressway 83, Suite 10
Pharr, Texas 78577
(956) 787-5227
(956) 787-5337 Fax


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